The power to die : slavery and suicide in British North America (eBook, 2015) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
The power to die : slavery and suicide in British North America Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The power to die : slavery and suicide in British North America

Author: Terri L Snyder
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The history of slavery in early America is a history of suicide. On ships crossing the Atlantic, enslaved men and women refused to eat or leaped into the ocean. They strangled or hanged themselves. They tore open their own throats. In America, they jumped into rivers or out of windows, or even ran into burning buildings. Faced with the reality of enslavement, countless Africans chose death instead. In The Power to  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy online

Links to this item

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Terri L Snyder
ISBN: 9780226280561 022628056X 9780226280738 022628073X
OCLC Number: 932575088
Description: 1 online resource (255 Seiten) : Illustrationen
Contents: List of Figures --
Acknowledgments --
Prologue --
Anna's Leap --
Introduction --
The Problem of Suicide in North American Slavery --
One --
Suicide and the Transatlantic Slave Trade --
Two --
Suicide and Seasoning in British American Plantations --
Three --
Slave Suicide in the Context of Colonial North America --
Four --
The Power to Die or the Power of the State? The Legalities of Suicide in Slavery --
Five --
The Paradoxes of Suicide and Slavery in Print --
Six --
The Meaning of Suicide in Antislavery Politics --
Epilogue --
Suicide, Slavery, and Memory in American Culture --
Studying Slave Suicide: An Essay on Sources --
Abbreviations --
Notes --
Select Bibliography of Primary Sources --
Index.
Responsibility: Terri L. Snyder.

Abstract:

The history of slavery in early America is a history of suicide. On ships crossing the Atlantic, enslaved men and women refused to eat or leaped into the ocean. They strangled or hanged themselves. They tore open their own throats. In America, they jumped into rivers or out of windows, or even ran into burning buildings. Faced with the reality of enslavement, countless Africans chose death instead. In The Power to Die, Terri L. Snyder excavates the history of slave suicide, returning it to its central place in early American history. How did people-traders, plantation owners, and, most importantly, enslaved men and women themselves-view and understand these deaths, and how did they affect understandings of the institution of slavery then and now? Snyder draws on ships' logs, surgeons' journals, judicial and legislative records, newspaper accounts, abolitionist propaganda and slave narratives, and many other sources to build a grim picture of slavery's toll and detail the ways in which suicide exposed the contradictions of slavery, serving as a powerful indictment that resonated throughout the Anglo-Atlantic world and continues to speak to historians today.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.